Thursday, September 29, 2011

Horror Short 'Microcinema' Hits The Web

Harvest Tide Productions LLC Announces the Release of
Microcinema
Improvisation Can Be A Killer

“The Best Horror for Under a Dollar”

BOSTON, MA - September 29, 2011 – Harvest Tide Productions LLC is proud to announce the release of “Microcinema,” a horror short starring Alex Lewis and Aurora Grabill and written and directed by Skip Shea.

“Microcinema” is the story of Peter Martell, a highly educated well-to-do young man with a lot of free time on his hands. He spends this time watching snuff films. One day he makes the bold decision to cross the line from observer to participant, aspiring to bring a philosophical element to his own kind of snuff films. Ready to go to work, he tracks his first victim into a haunted New England wood, where the line between participant and observer takes a different turn.

“Microcinema” was originally an idea for one of the episodes of Harvest Tide’s new web series “Longreach,” written by William DeCoff. “Longreach” follows the demise of Daniel Jedrek, the sergeant at arms for the Longreach Association, an ancient global charitable organization that takes charity to extremes. Longreach eliminates society's undesirables and Jedrek is its hit man. He does the dark and murderous bidding of Dawn Aiden, the wife of Reverend Aiden who is among the leadership of one of the oldest American chapters of Longreach, located on an island off the coast of Massachusetts. As Jedrek begins to slip further and further from reality, his ten-year-old son is being groomed to take his place.

The Harvest Tide production team – Shea, DeCoff, Will Smyth and Emily King – decided that “Microcinema” stood on its own in bringing a brutal and horrifying tale to horror fans."Microcinema” is now available on the film’s website http://www.watchmicrocinema.com for under $1.

”Microcinema” writer/director Skip Shea produced, written and directed six short films Mail; Video Diary: Last Entry; They Serve Breakfast Here All Day Long; Putting On Its Shoes; Nostalgia; and Choices. Mail was selected for the invitation-only 11th annual Pawtucket Film Festival. Shea’s work took the runner-up award in the comedy short screenplay competition for his script The Bar at the 19th Annual Woods Hole Film Festival. The film is in pre-production now. He also produced, wrote and performed the very successful one man show called Catholic (Surviving Abuse & Other Dead End Roads) which debuted in New York City in 2005. The show went on to have a successful run at the Jimmy Tingle's Off Broadway Theater and toured the East Coast. Shea is also a published poet whose piece “Songs of Mourning,” a memorial to those killed in the September 11 attacks in New York as well as to his daughter Shawna Shea, was selected by New York City jazz musician Jon Faddis to be performed at the 10th anniversary commemorative concert by the New York Chamber Music Festival.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Book Review: Chatterbox (2011)

True horror comes from the darkest depths of the soul, where each of us hide our demons from the outer world for fear of what others might think. It is the writer, the filmmaker, the painter who is able to tap into these terrible thoughts and exorcize them through their art instead of giving in to their destructive urges. Writer Jeremy Hawkins has confronted his own demons and transcribed them into a collection of short stories entitled Chatterbox, a personal and honest portrayal of raw human emotion.

Chatterbox consists of four main themes: Isolation, Insanity, Insecurity, and Identity, each of which explore feelings of hate, sadness, and regret which lead to thoughts of murder, suicide, rape, or worse. Hawkins has let down his guard as he invites the world in to his personal nightmares for the first time, while acknowledging that it is the love and support of friends and family as well as the cathartic release of his writings that have allowed him to escape the darkness. Chatterbox, in turn, serves as a catharsis for the reader, who can take solace in the fact that they are not alone, that every person has moments of darkness that can be overcome.

This rough first edition requires an editors touch to clean up the grammar and punctuation, but the freedom from a set style and form creates a true stream of consciousness. Hawkins has also filled each page with incredible art selections and textures that make Chatterbox look and feel like the diary of a madman.

Jeremy Hawkins has ripped his heart out, sliced it open, and put it on display by exclaiming "This is me!" He has embraced his most tragic and hidden moments in order to permanently rid himself of the skeletons hiding in his closet. For all of the negative thoughts that appear in Chatterbox, the fact that it has been written into a book and not a eulogy only gives hope and inspiration to those of us that are still trapped in darkness.

Rating: 7/10. Read The Full Post HERE!

The Caller Hits Blu-Ray and DVD this October!

Who is.....
The Caller

A supernatural thriller that will have you hanging on the line until it arrives
on Blu-ray & DVD from 24th October


STUDIO CITY, CA - September 28, 2011 - From British director Matthew Parkhill comes this disturbing tale starring Twilight’s illuminating Rachelle Lefevre and True Blood’s Stephen Moyer. Lefevre is divorcee Mary Kee who is being harassed by both her ex-husband Steven (Ed Quinn - True Blood), and a mysterious female caller with the alarming claim that she is ringing from Mary’s own past. This atmospheric, eerie chiller will leave audiences jumping each time their phone rings - when it arrives on Blu-ray & DVD in time for Halloween 2011.

Following her divorce Mary moves into a new apartment and is keen to get on with the rest of her life including building a budding new relationship with the charismatic John Guidi (Stephen Moyer). When she begins to receive phone calls from a mysterious woman she at first dismisses them for a confused caller, but as the calls continue the lonely Mary eventually begins to strike up an unlikely friendship with the woman, whom she discovers is called Rose.

However as the calls become more regular, Mary becomes disturbed by Rose’s claims that she is calling from Mary’s own past. As her sense of being haunted escalates an alarmed Mary tries to cut off all contact but Rose makes it frighteningly clear that she does not like to be ignored. With Rose threatening a terrible revenge, the two become embroiled in a petrifying game of cat and mouse that traverses time through Mary’s past and present.

Fans of Twilight and True Blood will enjoy the opportunity to see Lefevre, Moyer and Quinn playing The Caller’s tormented lead characters, whilst the director Matthew Parkhill plays on the dark and atmospheric Puerto Rico locations to create a claustrophobic situation for both Mary and the audience. Once the credits role, if you can take any more terror, the Blu-ray and DVD also include an alternative ending, ‘Making of’ feature, deleted scenes and a director’s commentary to give an insight into the making of the psychodrama.

With the ominous danger of Rose’s disembodied voice designed to truly terrify, The Caller is the perfect film to watch hidden behind the sofa this Halloween – just don’t forget to disconnect the phone first!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hot New Releases From Palisades Just In Time For Halloween!

HOT HALLOWEEN HORROR
AVAILABLE ON DVD OCTOBER 11th, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - September 27, 2011 - Haunted houses, evil spirits, creepy ghosts, psycho killers and possessed trees – this Halloween Palisades Tartan has it all! In an effort to introduce a new audience to some of its best horror titles, Palisades Tartan will be releasing BLOOD CURSE (formerly BAD BLOOD), THE HILLSIDE STRANGLINGS UNRATED (formerly THE HILLSIDE STRANGLER), ROOT OF EVIL (formerly ACACIA) and THE SLIT-MOUTHED WOMAN (formerly CARVED) with revamped key art and special low prices. So if you haven’t completed your DVD horror collection yet, make sure you check out these grizzly tales on October 11.

BLOOD CURSE

Unrated, 2006, Portuguese, 97 min,

Palisades Tartan Extreme

After inheriting a home in the countryside, a family learns they have also inherited a dark and menacing curse.

SPECIAL FEATURES: The Making of Blood Curse, Original Theatrical Trailer

Catalog #: PTT-DV-4043 ; UPC: 842498000267

“Impossible to look away from.”
-Dana Stevens, New York Times

THE HILLSIDE STRANGLINGS – UNRATED

English, 2004, 98 min,

Palisades Tartan Extreme

A frank, no-hold-barred, account of the chilling true story of the brutal killing spree that brought L.A. to its knees.


SPECIAL FEATURES: Director Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Interview with C. Thomas Howell, Original Theatrical Trailer

Catalog #: PTT-DV-4003 ; UPC: 842498000304

“Guaranteed to keep you awake at night.”
-Todd D. Schwartz, CBS Radio

ROOT OF EVIL

Unrated, 2003, Korean, 102 min

Palisades Tartan Asia Extreme

After a couple’s adopted son disappears, a number of strange occurrences and dead bodies pile up, all seemingly centered around a mysterious Acacia tree.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Making of, Cast Interviews, Original Theatrical Trailer, TV Spots

Catalog #: PTT-DV-4021; UPC: 842498000250

“An instant horror classic”
-Screem Magazine

THE SLIT-MOUTHED WOMAN

Unrated, 2006, Japanese, 90 min

Palisades Tartan Asia Extreme

A town is terrorized by the spirit of a grotesquely disfigured woman with unfinished business.

SPECIAL FEATURES: The Making of The Slit-Mouthed Woman, Cast Interview, Original Theatrical Trailer, TV Spots

Catalog #: PTT-DV-4054; UPC: 842498000472

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'Speak of the Dead' Finds Release Through Wisdom Twins Books

GEORGE A ROMERO’S ORIGINAL DEAD TRILOGY EXPLORED
IN CHRIS WADE’S NEW BOOK
‘SPEAK OF THE DEAD’


YORKSHIRE, UK - September 27, 2011 - Writer Chris Wade (Malcolm McDowell: On Screen, Cutey and the Sofaguard) gives us an affectionate homage to Romero’s first three classic Dead Movies, Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead. Speak of the Dead, his new book, explores in depth the birth, making, influence and legacy of these classic horror movies.

Featuring exclusive interviews with cast members including Lori Cardille and Joe Pilato from Day of the Dead, star of the original Night of the Living Dead Judith O’Dea, and special effects legend Tom Savini, the book is an insightful and informative dissection of one of the best loved sagas in movie history. It is a must for any Living Dead fan or Romero addict…..

Chris Wade is a UK based writer and illustrator. He started up Wisdom Twins Books in 2009 to begin Hound Dawg Magazine and release Hugh Cornwell: The Hoover Dam Companion, the latter sold on ex Stranglers singer Cornwell’s UK tour. He then released a retrospective book on the career of Malcolm McDowell, before working with comedy icon Rik Mayall on an audio version of Wade’s novel Cutey and the Sofaguard. His other projects in 2010 and 2011 include You Only Live once Thank God, the audiobook read by comedian Charlie Chuck, the eccentric podcast Hound Dawg Radio and The Cat Profiles, a comedic book which raises money for a feline rescue centre in Yorkshire.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Scream 4 (2011)

The ever-growing popularity of the Horror remake has not escaped the tragic town of Woodsboro, and Sidney Prescott's return home sparks a new series of murders that have been fashioned after her first encounter with the Ghostface killer! SCREAM makes a surprising comeback after a decade away from the screen, teaming series creator Kevin Williamson with Wes Craven once more in what is easily the best sequel in the franchise. The new script is just as sharp as Ghostface's knife, never missing an opportunity to poke fun at modern Horror trends or the series, itself. Some of the greatest moments are achieved by exacerbating the concept of the metafilm to the point of lunacy, essentially creating a film about making a film about a film about films. The tagline promises a "New Decade. New Rules." As we have come to find out from the previous films, the only New Rule is that SCREAM breaks all the rules. Plot contrivances aside, the film legitimately keeps the audience guessing until the very end, never knowing which cliche will be the next to suffer. Williamson has taken a clever approach to the remake as only the SCREAM films can, using the remake as an integral plot device towards something wholly original. While it is still as sappy and pretentious as each of the earlier entries, SCREAM 4 is equally entertaining for fans of the series. Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, and David Arquette are each at home in their returning roles, and even the newcomers earn passing grades. One can only hope that the inevitable sequels continue to uphold the same level of intelligence and humor shown in this fourth film.

Rating: 7/10. Read The Full Post HERE!

Chillerama Hits VOD This Thursday!

CHILLERAMA GOES VOD
STARTING THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH!!

CHATSWORTH, CA - September 26, 2011 - Due to unprecedented consumer demand, Image Entertainment announces that the highly anticipated horror anthology Chillerama will be available on video-on-demand and movies-on-demand starting Thursday, September 29th.

Produced by ArieScope Pictures and in the spirit of classic “omnibus” films like Dead of Night, Tales From the Crypt, Creepshow and Twilight Zone: The Movie, with four vignettes that not only celebrate the golden age of B horror schlock but also nearly the entire history of horror cinema itself, CHILLERAMA offers something for every bad taste. With titles like “Wadzilla,” “I Was A Teenage Werebear,” The Diary of Anne Frankenstein,” and “Zom-B-Movie,” CHILLERAMA features appearances by Joel David Moore (Avatar, Hatchet), Lin Shaye (Insidious), Ray Wise (X-Men: First Class), Kane Hodder (Hatchet and Hatchet II), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight, Sharktopus) and more cameos than one can (body)count. From the depraved minds of directors Adam Rifkin (Detroit Rock City, The Dark Backward), Tim Sullivan (2001 Maniacs, Driftwood), Adam Green (Hatchet, Frozen), and Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2, Knights of Badassdom), CHILLERAMA is a festival of gore, guts, goofiness and good times.

It's the closing night at the last drive-in theater in America and Cecil B. Kaufman (Richard Riehle, Bridesmaids, Hatchet) has planned the ultimate marathon of lost film prints to unleash upon his faithful cinephile patrons. Four films so rare that they have never been exhibited publicly on American soil until this very night! What could possibly go wrong? For more information about the film, check out www.chillerama.com.

Please consult your local cable systems or satellite provider for more information about Chillerama on VOD.

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FullMoonHorror.com to Launch in October!

Full Moon Gears Up For
New Website Launch in October!


LOS ANGELES, CA - September 26, 2011 - It's Monday!!!!!! And we're getting closer to our mega-launch of FullMoonHorror.com!!! 9:00PM PST on 10.21.11!!!

Also - as of today all DVDs at FullMoonDirect.com will be just $10.00! New or old! And thatalso goes for advance consumer copies of GINGERDEADMAN 3 which just arrived! Plus! Stealth Torch will be available on 10.27 and we will have a limited supply ready on that date - which will be shipped immediately! Once that supply is gone we expect to be able to ship all additional orders within 60 days or less! Price $200.00 PLUS! All 10 GRINDHOUSE features will be available also on 10.21!!! Check out some the far-out and awesome DVD art below!

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Dracula: The Vampire and the Voivode On DVD This October

Walking Shadows and Virgil Films & Entertainment Proudly Present
Dracula: The Vampire and the Voivode

Documentary Unearths the Never-Before-Told
True Story of Bram Stoker and His Legendary Novel

Taking a Bite Out of DVD Oct. 4th

“This is a fascinating and most enjoyable documentary …
few viewers will not learn some new from it.”
-Voices from the Vaults, The Dracula Society

LOS ANGELES — September 25, 2011 — In the first documentary to unearth the never-before-told true story of Bram Stoker and his legendary 1897 gothic novel, Dracula: The Vampire and the Voivode takes a bite out of DVD Oct. 4, from Walking Shadows (distributed by Virgil Films & Entertainment).

Few mythic figures have ever captured the imagination, nor been as enduringly popular, as Dracula, made famous in Irishman Bram Stoker’s 1897 gothic novel and sparking the earliest pop culture fascination with vampire folklore.

But much confusion surrounds Count Dracula, the fictional vampire, and Vlad “Tepes (The Impaler)” Drăculea III (1431-1476), the voivode, Old Slavonic, meaning “one who leads warriors.” A real-life royal, many believe that Vlad III’s violent, six-year rule of Romania and now-familiar surname inspired the famed, fanged figure.

Separating fact from fiction, Dracula: The Vampire and the Voivode – filmed in Transylvania, Whitby, London and Dublin – was produced in association with the Transylvanian Society of Dracula and features interviews with the leading experts on the subject.

Sink your teeth into this intriguing examination of one of the world’s most infamous legends with an unprecedented look at: visits to Stoker’s hometown of Dublin and his (and Dracula’s) London haunts; a vivid account of the real-life count’s arrival in the seaside town of Yorkshire; Vlad III’s reign of terror; debunking the association between any Dracula (a common surname in the former countries of Yugoslavia) and the iconic Castle Bran; retracing Vlad III and Count Dracula’s footsteps through Romania; and a look at how Stoker (who never visited Transylvania) left an indelible impression of Romania on the world.

Directed by Michael Bayley Hughes and narrated by Jason Walford Davies.

Dracula: The Vampire and the Voivode is presented in full frame with an aspect ratio of 4x3 (1.33:1) and 2.0 Stereo Sound.

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Hudson Horror Show IV Coming This December!

The Hudson Horror Show
Returns to New York This December!

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY - September 25, 2011 - Now that Hurricane Irene hasn’t wiped out the entire east coast, Hudson Horror Show is announcing the addition of a 6th Bonus Mystery Movie to our December to Dismember event! Hudson Horror Show IV: The December to Dismember will be on December 3rd, 2011 at Silver Cinemas South Hills 8 in Poughkeepsie, NY. Our lineup features a double headlining shock show of Tobe Hooper’s original masterpiece THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE plus the banned from movie theaters Christmas classic SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT.


We’ll also have the rarely seen revenge flick ROLLING THUNDER alongside Lucio Fulci’s zombie haunted house opus, THE BEYOND. We needed something spicy to add to our mix so we present a little Spanish horror with Paul Nachy’s ultimate grudge match WEREWOLF vs. VAMPIRE WOMAN.

Now on top of the usual trailers and assorted madness we are including a 6th MYSTERY BONUS MOVIE! Could it be an eighties slasher movie? How about some giant monsters? An Italian giallo? Anything is possible; you will want to be at the show to find out! This bonus movie is a thank you to all our loyal patrons for supporting Hudson Horror Show for the past two years.

Tickets are on sale now and going fast. Get your tickets now!

Advance tickets are only $26.00 for six movies! If tickets remain, we’ll have them at the door the day of the show for $30.00, cash only.

You’ll definitely want to bring extra cash as we’ll have vendors at the show selling horror movie related DVD’s, t-shirts, posters, toys and much more. If you have any questions, or are interested in being a vendor, shoot us an email at info@hudsonhorror.com.

The doors will open at noon on December 3rd and we’ll somehow shoehorn six great movies, along with vintage drive in style trailers, all off 35mm film. Watch our website www.hudsonhorror.com for exact show times and more info in the coming weeks.

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Horrible Imaginings Film Festival Returns to San Diego This November!

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival
Returns to Delight and Scare San Diego Audiences

Once again, the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival will extend the Halloween season with two days of short films, features, door prizes and a haunted art gallery. This year will be bigger and better than last--and scarier, too! New films and revivals!

SAN DIEGO, CA - September 25, 2011 - Last year saw the inception of San Diego’s first film festival dedicated to macabre cinema and art. The response from the audience and the neighborhood was so overwhelmingly positive that a second year became a certainty. On November 4th and 5th, that second year will become a reality, and it will be bigger and better than before! Horrible Imaginings Film Festival has grown to two days of film and art, including 25 short films, 2 animated shorts, 2 music videos and 4 feature films, as well as a haunted gallery of dark or macabre art. The 10th Avenue Theatre and Arts Centre at 930 10th Avenue in downtown San Diego will host this event of thrills and chills. Horrible Imaginings is the brainchild of Monster Island Resort Podcast host Miguel Rodriguez. “It has become clear that the horror genre is something that can be embraced and understood by San Diego audiences,” Rodriguez said. “It is healthy to explore and express the dark parts of our psyche through the safe forum that film and art offers us. This genre has as much to offer as any other.”

See interviews and footage from last year's Horrible Imaginings:

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival in San Diego from Miguel Rodriguez on Vimeo.



Horrible Imaginings Film Festival will continue the dual mission of bringing exposure to promising new filmmakers, while reviving classic films that many people may not have seen. This mission ensures a comprehensive exploration of what the genre has to offer. Rodriguez is very proud to offer Georges Franju’s 1960 dark French masterpiece Les yeux sans visage (Eyes Without a Face) as one of his headlining revival features. One other secret revival feature is still yet To Be Announced.

Horrible Imaginings also celebrates diversity in both content and creators. The films offer and eclectic array of ways that fear can be expressed--from horror comedy, to drama, to more extreme examples. Likewise, the creators of the films are equally as diverse. Nine of the filmmakers are women, one filmmaker is gay, and others come from Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Australia, the Netherlands, and Canada. From countries all over the world, horror and fear prove to be universal emotions.

The Haunted Art Gallery, featuring the work of local and national artists who choose to express dark themes, was a staple of the first Horrible Imaginings and will be making an encore appearance. Two floors of art will be on display for audience members during breaks between films. There will be long breaks dedicated to the gallery and for dinner. Local burger aficionados Hodad's will be providing big discounts for people with a Horrible Imaginings ticket. Hodad's is located right next door to the theatre. This year's Horrible Imaginings Film Fest is shaping up to be a memorable and terrifying way to keep Halloween alive in San Diego this year!

For more details, visit http://www.hifilmfest.com and http://www.monsterislandresort.org!
Follow Miguel Rodriguez on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/MnstrIsleResort
Get to know Horrible Imaginings on Facebook at
http://www.facebook.com/HorribleImaginings

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Horrible Imaginings Film Festival Mission Statement:

To celebrate horror and its various sub-genres by showcasing new and independent artists, as well as reviving classic horror films. From psychological thrillers to supernatural horror to slashers and even to related genres, such as noir, horror's power lies in its inherent ability to take our fears and exploit them--helping us either to face them, or just to appease our dark sides. The proliferation of horror sub-genres in the arts is testament to the creative power behind/within this dark domain.

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All God's Creatures Now Available Online!

The Indie award-winning film ALL GOD'S CREATURES starring Josh Folan and Jessica Kaye is now available on DVD through the film's website:

http://www.allgodscreaturesfilm.com

"Creature of habit, Jon Smith, spends his days mindlessly working as a barista in New York City. When night falls, this seeming everyman savagely kills "filthy women" as his social outlet. A chance encounter with Delia, a young prostitute searching for an escape from her troubled past, forces Jon to confront the most terrifying thing he has ever faced in all his dark affairs - himself. All God's Creatures examines the true nature of what it means to be a monster and reveals that love is not only for a chosen few, but for all God's creatures."

Read our review HERE! Read The Full Post HERE!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Color Me Blood Red (1965)

His third gore film in three years, COLOR ME BLOOD RED is the last of the three pictures that make up Herschell Gordon Lewis' original 'Blood Trilogy.' It is also the most sophisticated of any of his films, and one that is likely his most personal. It tells the tale of Adam Sorg, a struggling artist that only finds success after he begins painting in his victims' blood! The theme of the tortured artist is taken to absurd new heights (or lows, rather) in this gruesome black comedy. Lewis instills his frustrations with his own lack of critical acclaim through his preferred medium, while commenting on how his only means of receiving any recognition in film was to include more blood and gore. Surprisingly, COLOR is even more visceral than either of the other entries in the series, containing everything from the disemboweling of a model to a brain-splattering shotgun blast to the face. Gordon Oas-Heim also provides an intense performance as the lead, closing out the thrilling climax with a bang! While it rarely ranks as a favorite among fans, this truly is one of Lewis' better films.

Rating: 7/10.
Gore: 7/10.

Movies like COLOR ME BLOOD RED:
A BUCKET OF BLOOD, BRUTAL MASSACRE, Easel Kill Ya.

Now available for the first-time ever on Blu-Ray from Something Weird and Image Entertainment! Read The Full Post HERE!

BleedFest to Premiere 'Dawn of the Dragonslayer'!

An Historic First for Female Filmmakers:
BleedFest Film Festival World Premieres
DAWN OF THE DRAGONSLAYER

LOS ANGELES, CA - September 22, 2011 - BleedFest Film Festival, the monthly networking mixer, screening, and charity event promoting women who make badass movies, is ecstatic to present the World Premiere of DAWN OF THE DRAGONSLAYER. It is the world’s first fantasy dragon feature directed by a woman. BleedFest runs Sunday September 25th from 1-5pm, with the feature screening at three pm. There will be a Q & A with writer/director Anne K. Black, writer/producer Kynan Griffin, and more members of the cast and crew. The September charity is Impact Personal Safety, the full contact self defense training that teaches women, kids, and men simple techniques that save lives.

September marks the move to the historic El Cid in Silverlake, a legendary Hollywood dinner theatre where D.W. Grifith’s BIRTH OF A NATION screened in 1915. Says co-founder Brenda Fies “Isn’t it awesome? We had to expand to a legendary theatre that seats up to two hundred! Even better, filmmakers will now have a stage and microphone to address the large audience, who will be enjoying lunch and cocktails with their badass movies by female filmmakers!” Elisabeth Fies, the other half of the demented duo The Fies Sisters chimed in, “We have the best audience, and now they’re going to be even happier! We listened and got them food, more networking time, and an hour less of programming. Now that we’re in our ninth month, we feel more confident saving back a film for next time.”

The Shorts Section from 1:45-2:40pm showcases six different genres female filmmakers aren’t normally associated with. A screening of December 2010 Partnership Award Winner Dave Reda’s newest short MY UNDEADLY features his signature blend of comic/horror/romance and stars the wonderful Michelle Tomlinson. A special rescreening of June Audience Winner ZEKE (Student Academy Award Winner, Silver Medal) by Dana Buning, a thrilling short about about a vindictive tomcat not too keen on sharing the house with the owner who had him neutered. Making their debut at BleedFest is stalwart underground horror writer/director Lisa Coffelt with SCORN packing a punch at one minute; actress/producer Kari Nissena with the winsome and pitch perfect film noir serial SILVER PATRIOT; and writer/director Elizabeth Brissenden’s visually stunning poem of longing in Los Angeles MISSED CONNECTIONS. Rounding out the block of Genre Hodgepodge is a World Premier scene from on the brink of stardom actress/producer/swordstress/phenom Tara Cardinal’s upcoming fantasy/action/adventure feature LEGEND OF THE RED REAPER.

Raffle Winners receive a favorite BleedFest Alum feature film DVD of either WAKING DREAMS by Deepika Daggubati, THE COMMUNE by BleedFest co-founder Elisabeth Fies, or A FOUNDLING by Carly Lyn. Raffle names will be drawn by horror hostess Jill Kill and emerging Scream Queen Jessica Cameron, star of The Fies Sisters’ latest free fear film ACCOMPLICE, premiering September 22nd at TheFiesSisters.com Says Elisabeth Fies, “We love Jill Kill’s funny and smart YouTube movie reviews, and Jessica Cameron has a lovely soul that shines onstage and on camera.”

BleedFest welcomes back charming celebrity photographer Winston Burris from PR Photos as he provides Red Carpet exposure to the filmmakers and attendees from 1-1:30pm, included with the admission price of $10 cash at the door.

The Inanna Partnership Award is given every month to a male filmmaker who portrays a full-bodied, empowered female protagonist. September’s recipient is Darrell Wheat, director of the twisted cheerleading horror/comedy/social statement short film SWALLOWED. Due to his schedule, Darrell will appear and screen in October’s BleedFest Event. The Sunday October 23rd BleedFest event will be a horror blow-out featuring the Los Angeles premier of supernatural horror comedy THE SELLING directed by Emily Lou. For more information on the filmmakers, schedule, and BleedFest: http://www.BleedFest.com/current-schedule

FULL SCHEDULE:

Sunday September 25, 2011
1-5pm Admission is $10 cash at door, free street parking
El Cid Restaurant in Silverlake
4212 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90029
Tapas and bar drinks for sale. Full menu is below.

1:00pm-1:30pm RED CARPET PHOTOS AND INTERVIEWS
1:30-1:45pm SEATING, DRINKS & FOOD ORDERING
1:45-2:40pm SHORTS
MISSED CONNECTIONS (13 minutes) romance
introduced by writer/director Elizabeth Brissenden
http://www.ElizabethBrissenden.com

SILVER PATRIOT (8 minutes) film noir serial
introduced by star and executive producer Kari Nissena
This Film Noir serial pits a Femme Fatale against Rivertown’s finest, as a crime of passion sheds light on a devious villain’s plot to kill the city’s superheroes.
http://www.KariNissena.com/

SCORN (1 minute) horror
A sultry woman who likes it kinky with hot candle wax. Every man’s fantasy in the right circumstances… or payback for the wrong man.
introduced by writer/director Lisa Coffelt
http://www.CrimsonStainedLace.com

Partnership Award Alum Screening:
MY UNDEADLY (6 minutes) horror comedy
introduced by star Michelle Tomlinson, writer/director/BleedFest Inanna Partnership Award Alum Dave Reda
Sometimes brains aren’t the only things zombies crave in this non-traditional horror tale.
http://www.elftwinfilms.com

June Audience Award Winner Screening:
ZEKE (14 minutes 30 seconds) thriller comedy
introduced by writer/director Dana Buning
winner of a silver Student Academy Award
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1472032/

World Premier:
Scene from Tara Cardinal’s
LEGEND OF THE RED REAPER (3 minutes) fantasy action feature
For a thousand years, the Reapers guarded mankind from the demons that wait in the dark. Now, at the beginning of a new age, the Reapers are betrayed and slaughtered. Only one Reaper remains – Red, and she’s out to exact revenge.
http://www.TaraCardinalActress.com

2:40-3:00 BREAK – networking, bathroom, drinks and food ordering

3:00-3:05pm RAFFLE Winners announced by VIPs Jill Kill and Jessica Cameron

3:05-4:45pm FEATURE: WORLD PREMIER
DAWN OF THE DRAGONSLAYER (100 minutes) fantasy feature
Introduced by writer/director Anne K. Black and writer/producer Kynan Griffin

Will and his father live a simple and pastoral life in the mountains, unconcerned with the goings-on of the neighboring lowlands. When Will’s father is killed by a dragon, Will must journey down the mountain and use a mysterious family connection from years earlier to start squiring for Sterling, a once-wealthy land owner and knight. Unwelcomed for his backward, mountain ways, Will is put to work on the struggling farm. He soon befriends Sterling’s headstrong daughter Kate, and the two of them begin working together to uncover the secrets of their families’ connection and to prepare Will for his final battle with the dragon, in which he will avenge his father’s death and prove himself a man.

4:45-5pm Q&A
Writer/director Anne K. Black, writer/producer Kynan Griffin and more!



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Chillerama Invades the Big Apple!

The CHILLERAMA Roadshow Tour
Invades the Big Apple!


Director Joe Lynch and Co-star Kristina Klebe To Appear
Saturday Midnight Show At Village East Cinema

NEW YORK CITY, NY - September 22, 2011 - After its triumphant World Premiere last week at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, CHILLERAMA, the Ultimate Midnight Movie, launches a 14-city CHILLERAMA Roadshow Tour this week. First stop: New York City!

WHAT: Director Joe Lynch (“Zom-B-Movie” segment) and co-star Kristina Klebe (“Eva Braun” in “Diary of Anne Frankenstein” segment) will introduce the CHILLERAMA Midnight show Saturday, September 24th at the Village East Cinemas in Manhattan!

DATE: Saturday, September 24th

TIME: 11:59pm ET

WHERE: Village East Cinemas
181 – 189 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10012
(212) 529-6799

DETAILS: Produced by ArieScope Pictures and in the spirit of classic “omnibus” films like Dead of Night, Tales From the Crypt, Creepshow and Twilight Zone: The Movie, CHILLERAMA offers something for every bad taste. With titles like “Wadzilla,” “I Was A Teenage Werebear,” The Diary of Anne Frankenstein,” and “Zom-B-Movie,” CHILLERAMA features appearances by Joel David Moore (Avatar, Hatchet), Lin Shaye (Insidious), Ray Wise (X-Men: First Class), Kane Hodder (Hatchet and Hatchet II), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight, Sharktopus) and more cameos than one can (body)count, CHILLERAMA is a festival of gore, guts, goofiness and good times.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sucker Punch (2011)

Baby Doll imagines an elaborate fantasy world in which she plans her escape from a corrupt mental facility after being institutionalized by her abusive stepfather in Zack Snyder's SUCKER PUNCH from 2011. SUCKER PUNCH is a visual knock-out with mind-blowing special effects and non-stop action that will leave you breathless! Snyder has assembled the perfect cast for this exploitation/fantasy cross-over that take the otherwise empty characters and blow them up into larger-than-life super-heroes. SUCKER PUNCH pushes teen fetishism to the edge with its ultra-sexy heroines that are armed to the teeth with swords and guns, taking on everything from dragons to samurai warriors, undead Nazi soldiers, and futuristic androids in their skimpy schoolgirl outfits. It is so easy to become entranced by the cute girls, stunning fantasy worlds, and huge explosions that minor things like plot and character hardly seem to matter. Recommended for fans of 300, SIN CITY, and MUTANT CHRONICLES.

Rating: 8/10.

Movies like SUCKER PUNCH:
BITCH SLAP, KILL BILL, SIN CITY, MUTANT CHRONICLES. Read The Full Post HERE!

2000 Maniacs (1964)

A conveniently placed detour sign on a remote country road lands a group of Northern vacationers right smack dab in the middle of Pleasant Valley's Centennial celebration. The jovial Mayor Buckman invites the newcomers to participate in each of the town's festivities, but what the visitors don't know is that they are being lead to the slaughter as part of the locals' bloody revenge for a Civil War defeat! Herschell Gordon Lewis' drive-in classic TWO THOUSAND MANIACS is a vast improvement over his first gorefest, BLOOD FEAST, complete with a highly imaginative plot and several of the most memorable executions in shock cinema. Of the many carnival games the travelers 'participate' in, the bloodiest include a spiked barrel roll, a four-way horse race, and a smashing game of Hit the Target! The outrageously over-the-top acting and absurd dialog only add to the film's campy charm, but Lewis' no-budget approach to filmmaking produces the same flat results in terms of the actual production. Regardless, TWO THOUSAND MANIACS is the Godfather of Gore's greatest film, and an early milestone in the history of splatter pictures.

Rating: 6/10.
Entertainment: 9/10
Gore: 8/10.

If you liked 2000 MANIACS, check out:
BLOOD FEAST, THE WIZARD OF GORE, 2001 MANIACS.

Now available for the first-time ever on Blu-Ray from Something Weird and Image Entertainment! Read The Full Post HERE!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Blood Feast (1963)

Herschell Gordon Lewis made Horror history with 1963's BLOOD FEAST, widely considered to be the first "gore" film. In the years before the MPAA, filmmakers were only limited from showing excessive nudity on-screen. With no rules preventing anyone in the movie industry from depicting gratuitous violence or horrifying bodily dismemberment, H.G. Lewis and business partner David F. Friedman embarked on a series of films that exploited these loose regulations in an attempt to compete with the major studio releases in the drive-in circuit. The two did not ease in to this newly established genre with just a few missing limbs or a severed head, but (literally) covered the screen in blood and butchery from start to finish. This simply had never been done before, and even to this day, BLOOD FEAST continues to serve as one of the most shocking and gruesome films in the genre.

Mrs. Fremont is throwing a dinner party for her daughter's engagement, so in order to impress her guests, she has hired the exotic caterer Fuad Ramses to put on an extravagant feast! What she doesn't know is that Fuad has worked up a special menu made from bits and pieces of the missing girls from around town, which he will be serving as the main course in an Egyptian blood feast to appease the goddess Ishtar!

PSYCHO, this is not; Lewis' listless direction shows all of the style and finesse of an early stag film (another genre with which he was fondly familiar). BLOOD FEAST tastefully implies nothing, and instead plasters the screen in one lurid image after another, using as few camera set-ups and shots as possible for the minimal amount of coverage provided. Lewis and Friedman would tap Playboy playmate Connie Mason to star as the beautiful young bride-to-be, who would also return for their follow-up 2000 MANIACS the next year. Mason, along with her fellow cast members, produce truly horrible performances, but the roles are so poorly acted and outrageously over-the-top that they give way to the highest level of camp. As if the subject matter was not forward enough, Lewis' editing clearly demonstrates his lack of concern with plotting or characterization, as the camera holds on the disfigured remains of Fuad's victims much longer than it ever does for any of the characters in the film.

Using gallons of red paint and nearly an entire butcher's shop of animal entrails, BLOOD FEAST offers everything from a beach full of splattered brains, to a torn out tongue, a hacked off leg, and more in eye-popping color film stock! While this may not seem like much, the method in which the murders are filmed and the absolutely absurd amount of bright-red blood make these moments as memorable as they are completely revolting.

Herschell Gordon Lewis, the "Godfather of Gore," has left behind a bloody trail of influence in the wake of this seminal shocker. BLOOD FEAST has had a profound effect on countless young filmmakers, and will continue to live on in the annals of Horror for many years to come.

Rating: 5/10.
Entertainment: 10/10.
Gore: 9/10.

If you liked BLOOD FEAST, check out:
PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, BLOOD DINER, 2000 MANIACS.

Now available for the first-time ever on Blu-Ray from Something Weird and Image Entertainment! Read The Full Post HERE!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Basket Case (1982)

Frank Henenlotter breaks into the 42nd Street Cinema scene with this outrageous story about a drifter, Duane, and his hideously deformed twin that he keeps with him in a wicker basket. The two set off across the state to exact their bloody revenge against the doctors that separated them as children. BASKET CASE is a bizarre, gory, and utterly hilarious cult shocker that ranks alongside other campy classics like H.G. Lewis' BLOOD FEAST or SPIDER BABY. The cheesy low-budget FX and ridiculously over-the-top characters combine to create the formula for the perfect B-movie. Obvious film flaws like Duane's ever-changing wig size and Belial's constantly shifting design only add to its peculiar charm. In spite of his cheap rubbery appearance, Belial is extremely frightening, and is sure to shock even modern audiences. The modest budget of the film does not inhibit Henenlotter from blasting the screen with an insane amount of blood and gore, and his cleverly designed set pieces allow the puppeteers playing Belial plenty of room to articulate the creature into reality from within his basket home. No Horror collection can be without this staple 80s mainstay!

Rating: 8/10.
Gore: 6/10.

If you liked BASKET CASE, check out:
BLOOD FEAST, BRAIN DAMAGE, SPIDER BABY.

Now available for the first-time ever on Blu-Ray from Something Weird and Image Entertainment! Read The Full Post HERE!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Catch the Chillerama Roadshow Tour in a City Near You!

Image Entertainment and Ariescope Pictures Announce
The CHILLERAMA Roadshow Tour!

14-City Special Engagements Give Fans A Chance To See
The Ultimate Midnight Movie On The Big Screen!

COMING SOON TO A THEATER NEAR YOU! For decades, those words – when flashed across a giant movie screen – filled audiences with anticipation of the next great theatrical event just over the horizon. Those halcyon days of showmanship may be just a memory, but for the upcoming horror anthology CHILLERAMA, it’s a call to action for fans of horror films AND the filmgoing experience!

Starting with the Thursday September 15th World Premiere at the legendary Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CHILLERAMA will go on a special Roadshow Tour through October 29th. In addition to seeing the highly anticipated film projected on the big screen, the venues themselves are as unique and eclectic as the four vignettes that make up CHILLERAMA – the Ultimate Midnight Movie!

Dates and locations:

9/15: Los Angeles – WORLD PREMIERE at Hollywood Forever Cemetery!

9/17: Chicago - Midway Drive-In (Dusk til Dawn event) http://themidwaydrivein.net/ Directors Adam Rifkin& Tim Sullivan and actor Anton Troy will introduce the screening!

9/23-9/24: New York – Village East Cinemas (Midnight) http://www.villageeastcinema.com/

9/30: Dallas – Magnolia Theatre (Midnight) http://www.landmarktheatres.com/market/Dallas/TheMagnolia.htm

Houston – River Oaks Theatre (Midnight) http://www.landmarktheatres.com/market/Houston/RiverOaksTheatre.htm

10/7: Philadelphia – Ritz 5 (Midnight) http://www.landmarktheatres.com/market/Philadelphia/RitzFive.htm

Seattle – Varsity (Midnight) http://www.landmarktheatres.com/market/Seattle/VarsityTheatre.htm

Denver – Mile High Horror Fest (Date TBD) http://milehighhorrorfestival.com/

10/14: Washington DC – E Street Cinema (Midnight) http://www.landmarktheatres.com/market/WashingtonDC/EStreetCinema.htm

Atlanta – Midtown Art Cinema (Midnight) http://www.landmarktheatres.com/market/Atlanta/MidtownArtCinema.htm

Telluride – Telluride Horror Show (Date TBD) www.telluridehorrorshow.com/

10/21: San Francisco – Clay Theatre (Midnight) http://www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/ClayTheatre.htm

10/23: Knoxville – Knoxville Horror Film Fest www.knoxvillehorrorfest.com

10/29: Phoenix –Royale (Midnight) http://theroyaleaz.com/

Produced by ArieScope Pictures and in the spirit of classic “omnibus” films like Dead of Night, Tales From the Crypt, Creepshow and Twilight Zone: The Movie, CHILLERAMA offers something for every bad taste. With titles like “Wadzilla,” “I Was A Teenage Werebear,” The Diary of Anne Frankenstein,” and “Zom-B-Movie,” CHILLERAMA features appearances by Joel David Moore (Avatar, Hatchet), Lin Shaye (Insidious), Ray Wise (X-Men: First Class), Kane Hodder (Hatchet and Hatchet II), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight, Sharktopus) and more cameos than one can (body)count, CHILLERAMA is a festival of gore, guts, goofiness and good times.
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Class of Nuke 'Em High (1986)

Toxic waste is transforming the teens of Tromaville High into violent punks who call themselves The Cretins. The gang terrorizes the other students while another murderous mutant monster begins to take shape in the school's basement! The Troma team returns with CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH, a zany B-movie that piles on plenty of sex, drugs, and gratuitous gore! Troma's trademarked brand of ridiculous off-the-wall comedy and equally outrageous splatter effects make this one of their better titles, trailing shortly behind THE TOXIC AVENGER. The Cretins are a wild bunch of chaotic characters that take high school bullying to a whole new level. They each sport their own crazy costumes to give them a unique sense of personality while they beat their way to the top of the class. Like most other Troma features, the plot hardly exists, and is instead replaced by a long string of gross-outs and random humor that loosely ties things together. The biggest surprise comes in the end, when the mutant offspring of the two teen protagonists sets off on a bloody rampage through the school. B-movie fans can't graduate from Tromaville High without first learning the three "R's": "Readin'... Writin' and Radiation!"

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH:
THE TOXIC AVENGER, ROCK 'N ROLL HIGH SCHOOL, TRICK OR TREAT, HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN, PARASITE. Read The Full Post HERE!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New Mr. Vampire (1987)

The success of 1985's MR. VAMPIRE led to a number of spin-offs and imitations, but none were more blatant than 1987's NEW MR. VAMPIRE, which is entirely detached from the original series. NEW MR. VAMPIRE follows Master Chin and his apprentice as they off to bury the corpse of a local business man after he has been attacked by a vampire. Meanwhile, Chin's rival attempts to sabotage their ritual by bringing the corpse back to life to cause mischief and mayhem for the two vampire hunters. Although NEW MR. VAMPIRE lacks the strong direction of Ricky Lau, it is still an entirely enjoyable film in its own right. Liang Hua Liu aims for pure silliness the whole time through, and gets it thanks to a number of entertaining performances from the entire cast. Fat Chung's self-absorbed lead is no match for the great Lam Ching-Ying's one-eyebrow priest, but Pauline Wong Siu Fung is fantastic as the restless spirit that must mimic Chin Siu Ho's every move exactly. The choreography and stuntwork are fantastic during their physical comedy routines. Expect more of the same zany comedy and off-the-wall action as Master Chin and the gang battle the undead, even if the vampires refuse to 'hop' in this entry. NEW MR. VAMPIRE provides plenty of stupid, mindless fun for Hong Kong Horror fans!

Rating: 6/10.
Entertainment: 7/10. Read The Full Post HERE!

Monday, September 12, 2011

View the Official 'Chillerama' Trailer NOW!!

CHILLERAMA debuts this Thursday, September 15th at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, but now is your chance to check out the brand-new trailer below:

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Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2 (2011)

After nearly being killed by his would-be victims, ChromeSkull is revived by the secret agency that he has hired to assist him. As he continues to recover, one of his agents runs rogue and begins a murder streak of his own using the infamous trademarks of his homicidal employer. Robert Hall returns with CHROMESKULL: LAID TO REST 2, which unfortunately is only a mild improvement over the original. Outside of his semi-autobiographical surprise hit LIGHTNING BUG, Hall continues to prove that his major strengths lie in make-up design and special effects, and not writing or directing. This time around, there are more interesting character struggles and a stronger principle cast, but they are both outweighed by the logical inconsistencies and unresolved plot points. While Thomas Dekker puts in another passable performance, Mimi Michaels becomes entirely unnecessary, and Brian Austin Green shoots way over the top as the ambitious Preston. At least we can thank Robert Hall for delivering on the gore, with even more inventive kills and a body count that nearly triples ChromeSkull's overall score. Stuntman Nick Principe remains the strongest element in the series next to the special effects as the man behind the mask. Like with Adam Green in HATCHET 2, Robert Hall has not learned enough from fan criticism or his own experience to make this a successful film, but it does provide enough blood to guarantee him a third shot in the next sequel.

Rating: 6/10.
Gore: 7/10. Read The Full Post HERE!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Reef (2010)

A snorkeling trip through the Great Barrier Reef turns deadly for a small group of friends when their boat strikes bottom and capsizes in the shark infested waters. BLACK WATER director Andrew Traucki returns with another survival horror film entitled THE REEF, which is Australia's answer to OPEN WATER. Although it is very similar in structure, THE REEF fails to generate the same impact that OPEN WATER had on audiences in 2003 despite the inclusion of a menacing Great White that threatens the divers. Its greatest downfall is that Traucki's characters do nothing to draw the audience in to their perilous plight, and the larger cast sets the film up to be a body count picture (which Traucki does deliver). Like in BLACK WATER, however, THE REEF provides many more shocks and surprises that will have viewers jumping out of their seats! Traucki uses the same expert composites to place the shark right next to his actors for a number of jarring attacks. The use of real footage taken from right alongside all of the action gives the film a heightened sense of authenticity as well. With stronger central characters, THE REEF could have been a much more powerful film, but it is still sure to appeal to fans that were disappointed in OPEN WATER's overall inaction.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like THE REEF:
OPEN WATER, BLACK WATER, FROZEN. Read The Full Post HERE!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Basket Case Comes to Blu-Ray This September!

“The Sickest Movie I’ve Ever Seen!”
- Rex Reed

ON SEPTEMBER 27th, IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT AND SOMETHING WEIRD PRESENT THEIR CASE

BASKET CASE Blu-ray™

The grindhouse classic remastered and on Blu-ray™ for the first time!

CHATSWORTH, CA - September 7, 2011 – In 1982, a low budget horror film raised its twisted head and created a buzz with a strange mix of comedy, gore, sleaze and heartfelt pathos. On September 27th, Image Entertainment and Something Weird proudly join forces to unleash Basket Case in a brand new HD transfer supervised by writer/director Frank Henenlotter. The Blu-ray™ has an SRP of $17.97 with a pre-book of August 30th and also contains a basket full of bonus features including an all-new video introduction by the director, commentary tracks and outtakes.

Carrying a mysterious wicker basket wherever he goes, Duane Bradley checks into a flea-bag hotel in New York ’s Times Square . What’s in the basket, you ask? Why, it’s Duane’s hideously misshapen Siamese twin brother, Belial, who seems to wield some sort of odd control over his more normal looking brother. Together, they’re in town to hunt down and wreak havoc on the sick surgeons who separated them, but this isn’t your normal revenge flick.

With memorably gruesome scenes and some seriously disturbing stop-motion animation, Basket Case is one of the most beloved, cheerfully demented cult classics of all time. Many discovered it in the days of VHS, but now Basket Case is reborn and remastered on Blu-ray™ for a new generation of twisted fans to enjoy. Open the basket if you dare!

Blu-ray™ Bonus Features:
-New Full-Frame HD Transfer Preserving the Original 16mm Camera Ratio
-New Video Introduction by Director Frank Henenlotter
-Audio Commentary by Director Frank Henenlotter, Producer Edgar Ievins, and Actress Beverly Bonner
-Rare Outtakes and Behind-the-Scenes Footage from the Director’s Personal Collection
-Two Theatrical Trailers plus TV Spot
-2001 Video Short: In Search of the Hotel Broslin
-Two Rare Basket Case Radio Spots
-Gallery of Basket Case Exploitation Art and Behind-the-Scene PhotosAnd here is the rest of it. Read The Full Post HERE!

Vampire Vs Vampire (1989)

Lam Ching-Ying returns to direct his own take on the Kung Fu Horror Comedy in VAMPIRE VS VAMPIRE! The One-Eyebrow Priest is hired to find the source of evil that is corrupting the town's water supply, which leads him into the crypt of a vicious new vampire who has taken up residence beneath the local church. VAMPIRE VS VAMPIRE, though not directly related to the MR. VAMPIRE films, acts very much in the same way. It is filled with more terrific humor, terrifying villains, and exciting action sequences. Lam Ching-Ying is as fantastic as ever playing the Taoist vampire hunter, and he brings along many other returning cast members from his previous films. There are many inventive moments that separate this from many other third-rate attempts, and Ching-Ying goes for real scares and laughs that don't always fall back on the same old slapstick routines. Some fans may question the inclusion of a traditional European vampire as the main villain, however this combination of East and West makes VAMPIRE VS VAMPIRE unique from all the rest. MR. VAMPIRE fans must be sure to seek out VAMPIRE VS VAMPIRE for more high-powered action and suspense!

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like VAMPIRE VS VAMPIRE:
MR. VAMPIRE, LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES, VAMPIRE HUNTERS. Read The Full Post HERE!

Book Review: From Beyond the Grave - The Prayer (2011)

William Castle is back FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE to terrorize readers with The Prayer, the first volume in his new book series. Unfortunately for him, he was better off dead. The Prayer follows four disenchanted teens who fate has aligned to seek out an ancient manuscript that holds great power. Luckily, they are aided by the mischievous spirit of the great William Castle, who also plays a vital role in their adventure. A tremendous amount of interest has been generated in the book's brilliant marketing campaign, which has allowed the deceased Castle to communicate to his fans through a variety of social mediums, but the book itself is completely unable to capture the imagination of the reader. The action is delayed by the excessive amount of description and long-winded character introductions which only lead to tiring melodramatics. All four of the characters fall under the same basic stereotype of the "misunderstood teen" whose parents just don't "get" them. It is essentially like re-reading the same story four times, which only becomes more difficult when none of them are particularly likable or interesting in any way. Then there is the author, himself: William Castle. Nothing about this book feels authentic to his character. The facts are in place, and there are certainly many references to his work, but it takes constant reminding for the reader to accept Castle as the narrator. He feels so out of place in all of the proceedings that one has to wonder why he was even included in the story at all.

The Prayer seems like an honest effort from a devoted fan that wants more than anything to keep the legend of William Castle alive. This confused ghost tale may find its audience in young readers that can relate to the characters, but the older crowd that actually grew up with William Castle's films are unlikely to connect.

Rating: 6/10. Read The Full Post HERE!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Subspecies 4 (1998)

After a fatal car accident kills her sister and prevents her escape from Romania, the struggling vampire Michele is taken in by a deranged doctor and his assistant, who claim that they can cure her. Her master, the evil Radu, is brought back to life once again by the Bloodstone, returning to his former coven to track down the woman who scorned him. Although it was made just a few years after the earlier entries, SUBSPECIES 4 feels like an entirely different film. The ugly opening gives an immediate sense of cheapness to the production, which is continues with the inferior make-up effects and Z-movie plot. SUBSPECIES has always been built on the growing sexual tension between Radu and Michele, yet here they share very little screen time. Only in the final moments are the two brought back together at last in one of the series' most powerful moments. Anders Hove and Denise Duff are subpar compared to before, but Dan Astileanu's obsessive and over-the-top professor drags the picture down. Regardless of its flaws, SUBSPECIES fans are sure to sink their teeth into this final entry, although it is easily the weakest in the series.

Rating: 5/10. Read The Full Post HERE!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Josh Folan Drops in to Talk 'All God's Creatures'

Coming straight off of his recent win for best screenplay at the Hoboken International Film Festival, Josh Folan has stopped by this evening to talk about his new film, ALL GOD'S CREATURES!

ILHM: Where did the concept for ALL GOD'S CREATURES first originate from?

JOSH FOLAN: I had the idea for an everyman who moonlights as a serial killer in the summer of `08, and the story that is now All God’s Creatures, a dark love story between two very troubled people, came out of a long back and forth between myself and my co-producer, Matt Jared, over the next year and a half or so.

ILHM: What were your major inspirations in writing the story and characters?

JF: I wish I could say Dexter, which having finally watched the five-season run since producing AGC would have been a great bar to measure this material against (and we’re finding that our final product is often compared to it by others), but my biggest influences were a couple of dark, off-kilter love stories that not a lot of people have seen. Wristcutters and Jimmy & Judy, both set in contexts where love is an uphill battle of sorts. There is also no doubt some of American Psycho’s Patrick Bateman in my character.

ILHM: Had you always intended to star in the film yourself?

JF: I always knew I would be the cheapest casting option if I were to make the film myself – haha. I did envision myself in the role quite a number of times throughout the writing process, but if I’m the producer on a project that means I’m a filmmaker first and an actor second. If a situation would have arose while we were putting the elements of the film in place in preproduction that would have given us a chance to diversify our above the line a little (seeing as I wore so many hats – writer/producer/actor) and increase the visibility of our final product with a more “bankable” actor, I would have very seriously entertained the idea…and I say that as I head off to Ohio on the 4th to shoot a film I’m the writer, director, producer, and lead actor on. Hah.

ILHM: How did you prepare yourself mentally to enter the mind of the serial killer?

JF: This is another situation of regretting not having done a little more homework – I’m finishing up Brett Easton Ellis’ American Psycho right now and the literary version would have given me more of a beat on the mindset of a serial killer than the film version ever did. At the time we were going into production, I relied more on studying nonfictional accounts of killers and their tendencies to come up with motivations for the character of Jon. In my original draft of the script there were even a number of voice-overs from the character that were direct excerpts of things some of the more famous killers went on record as saying – Dahmer, Gacy, Gein, etc. Those little nuggets didn’t make it to the screen out of legal concerns, unfortunately.

ILHM: When did you first come into contact with Ryan Cummings and Frank Licata, the directors?

JF: Nitty Gritty Studios, the production company they work together under, Matt Jared of Sid & Nancy Productions, and I had worked together a number of times prior to AGC. We produced a comedic web series called Bad Apples in 2009, and had worked together on countless commercial projects before getting started with AGC in early 2010. As far as actually meeting goes, I met them through Matt in 2008, who had been linked up with them through an actor friend of his he had done a regional theater gig with.

ILHM: Did you still have to audition for the role of Jon even though you wrote the part?

JF: No I did not, which is great because I am not much of a fan of the traditional audition process…though I imagine that’s a sentiment most actors share. It pretty much came down to “We have $20k to shoot the movie? Well Josh is free, he wrote it so he must understand the material a little, and we don’t even have to feed him. He’s cast.”

ILHM: How involved were you in the casting and pre-production?

JF: The maximum amount. One of my inherent qualities as a producer, which is probably to a fault but has yet to bite me in the ass, is a very hands-on approach with EVERYTHING. I have thrown my two cents, wanted or not, in on every decision that has been made in getting this film made. Luckily Frank, Ryan and Matt don’t always listen to my BS, but I think I’ve gotten a call or two right over the last year and a half as well.

ILHM: You and Jessica Kaye share a terrific chemistry on screen. How much of that relationship was developed in rehearsal, and how much grew organically during the filming?

JF: Jessica was phenomenal to work with, across the board. So talented, and she’s already gotten a nomination for Best Actress from the Hoboken Int’l Film Festival for what she turned in for us with AGC. As for how our chemistry was developed, it’s due in large part to the professionalism she was patient enough to exhibit throughout filming and her ability to just flat-out act. We had no money, which means we had basically no opportunity to rehearse in preproduction, and while we were shooting I was often running around handling producer-ish responsibilities in between takes.

ILHM: Were you a method actor off-camera?

JF: Hah – if I were, I think it would be quite incriminating to own up to it here, no?

ILHM: What was your most memorable experience during the shoot?

JF: This being the first feature I’ve written and produced, there are a number of things that went down, good and bad, that I’ll never forget and will always appreciate. I suppose the story I’ll tell here is our first day of shooting, which was the bar scenes – Delia and Jon’s first date, and the scene where Kira stumbles over drunk to pick up Jon before they head back to his apartment. The thing the audience doesn’t see in the final cut of the film is that the latter Kira scene originally was much longer and had another character in it – Frank the Bartender, played by my co-producer Matt Jared. So on our first day of shooting, the two guys who had scratched and clawed together their first feature film with thirty-plus speaking roles and fourteen locations in New York City, with barely $20k to do it with, walked onto set, looked each other in the eye and shot a scene together. For two actors, that’s a hell of a day.

ILHM: What was the experience like seeing your work come to life during the first screening?

JF: Terribly stressful. The first screening was a sold out theater full of nothing but cast, crew and close friends watching an unfinished copy of the film without the final sound mix. We hadn’t even had time to properly spell-check the final credits, so some of those cast, crew and friends that we owed so much to for helping us get that thing up on the screen didn’t even have their names spelled right at the end of it. In the end though, it went great and everyone seemed to respond very well to it. I can’t think of a more satisfying feeling that hearing someone sitting behind you gasp or laugh when they’re supposed to.

ILHM: What other projects are you currently working on?

JF: I’m headed to Ohio to shoot my directorial debut, a hilarious buddy comedy called What Would Bear Do?, on September 4th (a few short hours after attending the midnight screening of AGC at the Hell’s Kitchen Film Festival on 9/3 – be there). As I mentioned previously, I’m the writer, producer and one of the actors in a great ensemble cast that includes Avery Pearson, Phil Burke, Molly Fahey (who played Kira in the bar scene from AGC mentioned a few answers ago), and Graci Carli. My co-director, Fritz Brekeller, is a good friend I met during my time spent working on All My Children that will be there to make sure I don’t mess it up. We’re shooting in the area I grew up in, so it’ll be nice to spend a few weeks in the old stomping ground. You can stay up on the film at www.whatwouldbeardofilm.com and on Twitter at @wwbd_film

ILHM: Has ALL GOD'S CREATURES secured distribution yet, and where can readers find out more about the film?

JF: We are just beginning to send out screeners to distributors so we haven’t locked down our distributor yet, but the film is playing in NYC at the Hell’s Kitchen Film Festival starting this Saturday night at midnight, as well as Monday 9/5 at 3 PM and Friday 9/9 at 9 PM. You can score tickets to any of those screenings and stay in touch with all things AGC at www.allgodscreaturesfilm.com, and Twitter at @agcfilm.

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You heard it, Horror fans! Next week will be your next chance to catch ALL GOD'S CREATURES if you will be in New York City for the Hell's Kitchen Film Festival! The film is stealing up countless awards and nominations in the Indie circuit, and is a big win for fans of dark character dramas like Dexter and AMERICAN PSYCHO. A very special thanks again to Josh Folan, the cast, and crew of ALL GOD'S CREATURES!

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